In this new Routledge Television Guidebook, Butler analyzes the sitcom's position as a major media artefact within American culture and will provide a historical overview of the genre as it has evolved in the US. Butler examines discourses of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexual orientation that are ever always at the core of humor in our culture and interprets how those discourses are embedded in television’s relatively rigid narrative structures. The book is organized around the sub-genres through which the sitcom has cycled: for example, the rural sitcom, the workplace sitcom, the family sitcom, the "ethnic" sitcom, and so on, giving students and scholars alike a solid overview of TV comedy.
Jeremy G. Butler is a professor of Telecommunication and Film at the University of Alabama. He has published in Screen, Cinema Journal, Jump Cut, The Journal of Film and Video, and The Journal of Popular Film and Television; and has authored Television Style (Routledge, 2010) and Television: Critical Methods and Applications (4th edition, Routledge, 2012).